Gov. Cuomo responds to concerns about additional time to pass budget

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York’s budget passed on time last week, but one assemblyman had concerns and needed more time.

Assemblywoman Jane Corwin asked for three more days to review the budget, she said details weren’t written down for certain bills. Those details include proposals for minimum wage, middle class tax breaks and paid family leave.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says both the senate and the assembly had ample time to review the bills before the budget passed. He told News 4 the most substantial change in the past ten days was going from three to four years in New York City on the minimum wage law.

Regardless, Cuomo said, any changes to any bill, as small as a comma, means re-writing a whole new bill which could be the reason the bill was passed so late in the evening on March 31.

“As a practical matter, they keep negotiating until the 11th hour, why? Because the senate wants to get the best arrangement they can and the assembly wants to get the best arrangement they can and I want to get the best arrangement I can. So they tend to negotiate right up until the last minute and we’re changing commas and we’re dotting I’s and crossing T’s. Everybody has the basic agreement for weeks, but the final document isn’t done until the very end,” said Governor Cuomo.

Governor Cuomo said for the past six years, New York state has seen timely budgets and he said they’ve used message of necessity much less than ever before.

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